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Marpissa

Marpissa, the Nymph of Paros…

At the eastern side of the island, the traditional settlement of Marpissa waits for you to walk through it.Do not skip visiting the unique “N. Perantinos” Sculpture Museum.Descending the road, you encounter the coastal settlements of Piso Livadi, with its wind-free and picturesque port, Logaras, Pounta, Messada, Nea Hrysi Akti (Tserdakia), Hrysi Akti, Bountari, Drios, Pyrgaki, Lolantonis.

The myth…

Travelling from west to east you will suddenly encounter, on a small hill, only 40 cm above sea level, the beautiful Marpissa.According to Homer, Marpissa was loved by both a mortal and a god.She was a beautiful nymph, daughter of the legendary Evinos river, having unparalleled charm, to which even the God of Music and Light, Apollo, couldn’t resist.Zeus was the arbitrator in that dispute and Marpissa was called to choose between the eternal and the mortal man. Marpissa replied that when the beauty of her youth was lost, Apollo would abandon her.The charm of life is the beauty of each age next to the man you love… So, Idas and Marpissa stayed together until the end…

The same way Marpissa is kept in the heart of all visitors as a beautiful memory until the end…

The village…

Leave your car or motorcycle at any of the municipal parking sites at the perimeter of the traditional Byzantine settlement of Marpissa and let your senses free while wandering on the narrow alleys of a past era… Basils and jasmines fill the air with fragrance, sunrays play with the tones of blue on a whitewashed background, Bougainvilleas dance around you following the breeze, arches enchant you under their shadow and small churches welcome you… The Ai-Nikolas square with the paintings of Lady Marso, the folk painter of Marpissa who depicted the surrounding nature with the innocence of a child and the traditional tavern offer the visitors relaxation and peace, next to the old mansion house, the folklore museum, the library of Dr. Aliprantis, close to the building housing the “Marpissa Women’s Association”.Climbing up the stairs, the visitors arrive at the Sotiros Church on the top, the bells of which call the inhabitants and visitors in the Easter to join the reverence of Holy Friday. Minors and adults take part in the events, the “Re-enactments”.It is a custom 90 years’ old!Byzantine icons depicting scenes from the Passion of Christ and the alleys of Marpissa narrate the same story…

Walking down towards the Square of Christ, you can touch the stone walls, listen to the birds singing and the children laughing while playing hide-and-seek in the terrace rooms… When you arrive to the three arches, pass under them to get to the three mills…. Buildings of the 18th century …. The identity of Paros… And go back to another era…

The Aghios Antonios monastery…

Take the upward road to AghiosAntonios monastery either on foot or by car… The monastery, gazing at the Aegean Sea, predominates at the top and hides the legends of the beautiful Kekilia Venieris, the Venetian castle on its foot and, why not, the secret school… It doesn’t matter whether this is a myth or reality… Get lost in its view…

The beaches of Marpissa…

Underneath, there is the Marpissa harbour, Piso Livadi… A fishing village and a holiday site for the people of Marpissa in the past and for everyone now.The dawn there is enchanting, while the sunset makes you fall in love with the small beach, the traditional fishing boats, the taverns and the ouzeris serving “gouna” and sun-dried octopus…. And above them, the houses, accommodations of all types ready to host all those wishing to get to know Paros… And the arched little church of AghiosGeorgios Thalassitis, the most ancient in Paros with murals created long ago, waits for you... And, then, there is the Logaras beach.... thick sand with natural shadow cast by the sea tees and food next to the beach, which has been granted a “Blue Flag”, as well as the Pounta beach starting at the end of it.Youthful joy, intense rhythms and a wonderful beach…. Messada for the lovers of the depths and romantics…. and a traditional tavern.And then, the sea turns colourful by the windsurfers and kite surfers in Tserdakia (Nea Hrysi Akti) and the largest beach in Paros, Hrysi Akti.These beaches have been designated as the best ones for sports, according to the World Windsurfing Games Associations… All of them have been granted “Blue flags” for their clean waters and organisation.The sun there cast rays in the tones of gold…Luxurious and family hotels are ready to host fans of sports, families and couples… And, why not, your wedding celebrations… in an absolutely romantic and lovable environment… And there is the small beach, Bountari, cut off from the world, with its golden sand, and, then, DriosDrios travels you to the Antiquity with the carved rocks at the coast, where ships wandering at the Aegean Sea could find a safe harbour in case of bad weather… Here, the Parian marble, called “Lychnites”, as white as snow, was loaded on ships… Maybe the cargo for the Mausoleum of Halicarnassus, one of the seven wonders of the world, has left from here… The beach is covered with white pebbles and sand with shells and the rainwater flows from the artificial lakes constructed at a close distance above the beach.The road with the Bougainvilleas descending to the beach is “the road of lovers”.Two taverns next to the sea and bars wait for you, together with the Marine Club of Drios “The Dolphins”, to introduce you to the secrets of the sea… And a little further, Lolantonis, a beach with starfish playing on its sand… is worth visiting!

The mainland…

On your way back, take a turn from Drios to Tzane, at the mountainous area of Marpissa, to see Lagkada… Get some rest in Ai Giorgis, a monastery of unique architecture, situated between two mountains, watching the entire Marpissa extending before you, surrounded by the sea.Get to know the Parian nature, walk on its cobblestone trails… See the abundant flora…Make a stop in Aiklaki and ascent to the water fountain.It is there that the people of Marpissa gather on May 1st to celebrate the spring with dance and tasty food.Descending, you will find your way to the central road, passing by the field of the local soccer team “Marpissaikos”, the pride of the village.

Then, you will say farewell to Marpissa to discover other beauties of Paros…

Its identity… its inhabitants.

Together with it, you will say farewell to the smiles, kindness, generosity, hospitality and conviviality of the Marpissa people.Marpissa enchants its inhabitants and is an inspiration for the youth, producing culture to date.If you find yourselves in Paros in the antepenultimate weekend of August, take part in the “Routes in Marpissa” festival.An experiential, interactive, cultural festival for all ages, where tradition, customs and mores are experienced by young people and recollected by the elders.Do not forget to taste the traditional, ultra tasty almond treat from the confectionery and the bakery of Marpissa, a cookie to complete the travel of your senses… here in Marpissa.

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